Author Archives: kiiraturnbow

Bottle obsession

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Every time I drive past a yard sale, I can’t help myself. I love collecting people’s old neglected pretty things. My colored glass bottle collection has grown over the years and it’s almost too large to span my bookshelf anymore. But I can’t stop myself. :)

I was super excited today to unpack them and set them up in my new house. I’ll be posting more photos of the house in the coming weeks as everything gets squared away and boxes are unpacked. For more unofficial glimpses into my world, follow me on instagram + twitter!

Spring Mini Sessions this weekend!

Remember those cute bow-ties I was sewing last week? Well there’s a reason I made so many. :) I’m super excited to announce that Amy Stone I are teaming up to offer a Spring styled photo session for you and your family this weekend! Saturday March 9th and Sunday March 10th in Burbank, California.

Your kids + adorable Easter details + bright fun bow-ties, all at a wonderful outdoor location! Just show up with your kids dressed in something colorful and cute and have some amazing moments captured for you.

Sessions will be 20 minutes long, and 3 final edited photos will be delivered digitally. If you’d like additional images, ordering will be available.

Email amystonephotography@gmail.com to get on the schedule. We can also offer a few weekday slots if the weekend is too busy for you, just email Amy soon to book your session :)

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DIY Bow Ties for Easter!

I came across an amazing tutorial on how to easily make a bow tie on prudentbaby.com. My close friend Amy and I became obsessed with making them for an Easter photoshoot with my boys, so we immediately drove to Michael Levine in downtown LA to find as much cute fabric as we could. Then we dragged my ancient sewing machine from the back of my garage, buried under Christmas decorations and bins of baby clothes, and made these little guys. I’m in love! I think the plaid one is my absolute favorite :)

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Check out the tutorial and very helpful step-by-step instructions over at prudent baby.

 

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2012 Turnbow Family Christmas Cards

This year I couldn’t decide which of my Christmas card designs I liked best. Plus our very talented friend Amy took so many wonderful photos of our family, I had a hard time settling on just one. So I’ve decided to print several of my designs, and everyone will get a slightly different card. That’s kinda fun… :)

Which one is your personal favorite?

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If you’re interested in having your own Christmas cards designed and printed, it’s not too late! Contact me at eyeheartprettythings@gmail.com for a quote! :)

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Holiday Cards!

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Want a custom Christmas card, photo card, or even cute gift tags, labels, stickers or signs to dress up your Christmas table? I have many pre-designed Holiday cards and I even design custom to order if you’re looking for a specific feeling. I design, print and ship all my custom cards. I also offer extra details such as printed envelope liners, stickers, labels and envelope printing.

Email me at eyeheartprettythings@gmail.com if you’d like to send your loved ones some adorable custom cards this year!

See below for some of the designs I’m offering this year!

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Featured! by On To Baby

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Super excited that the baby shower I planned and styled was featured by On to Baby this week!

<3 <3 <3
Kiira

Watercolor Baby Shower for Amy!

This baby shower was very near and dear to my heart because it was for my closest friend Amy. Amy and I both love beautiful details, so I wanted to make this a very special party to celebrate their soon-to-arrive baby Hayley. This was a very DIY baby shower brunch. I was on a tight budget, so I was determined to hand-make everything that I could.

I took my inspiration from some vintage italian watercolored crepe paper party decorations that I found on Etsy. I became obsessed with finding some, but since they were vintage and seemingly one of a kind, I decided to create my own. I ordered white crepe paper balls online and used watercolors to delicately hand-paint them to match my palette. The styling of the baby shower slowly evolved into a vintage watercolor-esque affair. I found some inexpensive textile fabrics in varying patterns that fit nicely into my palette, and I tore them into strips and tied them to a string to create a backdrop for the buffet table. The paint chip garland was an easy and very cheap piece of decoration. I used a scalloped hole punch to create circles from paint swatches I picked up (for free!) at a hardware store. I glued them back-to-back with a string in between. The extra paint chips were scattered around the floral centerpieces to add some color to the white tablecloths.

I created a few chalkboard signs with plywood and chalkboard paint that I picked up from the local hardware store. That chalkboard paint is one of my new favorite craft supplies! I also used a wooden sign and two wooden jewelry boxes which I found at the craft store for under $5 to glue together a long white cake stand. I created little watercolor flags and small colored water balloons filled with air for the sign on the cake.

All of the food was homemade by myself and a few of our close friends who helped out, except for the Krispy Kreme donuts of course. I’d been saving baby food jars for months, so we served chocolate milk in the jars adorned with a paper straw and mini donut through the straw. They were a huge hit! On the menu was sausage & egg strata, muffins, a brown-sugar french toast bake, tater tots, mini quiches, cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit. For our beverage table, a “bubbly bar” with champagne, fruit puree and fresh fruit, as well as some non-alcoholic mixers for our preggo guest of honor.

The invitations and all the paper goods I designed and printed myself. Using watercolors, I painted several pages of ombre colors, which I used for all of the backgrounds on the invitations, signs, labels and flags. I used the extra watercolored paper to punch scalloped circles and assemble a watercolor chandelier for baby Hayley’s nursery. For the guest table, I used my grandma’s vintage wooden hutch. I designed “wishes for Hayley” cards for guests to write and clip onto fabric streamers hanging from tree branches. I also created a Meal Train sign up sheet that coordinated with all the paper goods from the party, and guests were able to sign up to bring Amy and Josh meals once Hayley arrived.

Overall, the baby shower was a beautiful event and I greatly treasure having the opportunity to host this for Amy.






If anyone is interested in some of the crafts, DIY Tutorials are up on my blog:
Long Pastel layered cake
Watercolor Chandelier
Painted Onesies
Watercolor Party Decor + Paper goods
Paint Chip Garland
Baby Food jars for Donuts (how to get the sticky gunk off! :)

Credits:
Party planning + decor: Kiira Turnbow
Flower arrangements: Jessica Burns
Photography: Amy Stone Photography
Paper goods + Invitations: Kiira Turnbow
Donuts: Krispy Kreme
Craft supplies: Michael’s and Home Depot
Food: Kiira, Jessica and friends

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Pastel Layered Cake

Baking and assembling this cake took me the entire evening before the baby shower until the wee hours of the morning. I wanted a long, layered cake that would surprise everyone with beautiful pastel colors when it was sliced. I used 3 boxes of white cake mix and divided the batch into 6 separate bowls. I added a tiny amount of food coloring to each bowl, and spread each batch onto a jelly roll pan in order to get the long, thin layers. I baked them much less than the recommended bake time, because the layers are so thin. I kept a close eye on each batch to make sure they didn’t burn.

Once the cake was baked, I used a cardboard cake board that I found at Michael’s and cut it into a long rectangle. I used this to slice around to make sure each layer was the same exact size. Then I used the same cake board as the base, so that I would be able to transport the cake without it bending. I layered each color with a thick buttercream frosting, using extra frosting in the shallow areas to make the layers lay flat.

Overall, the cake was a little bit wonky because it was my first time trying this, but I think it turned out nicely given that I’m no pro baker :)

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Amazing! No-Flour No-Butter Peanut Butter Cookies

Today I woke up and felt this hankering to bake some cookies. Living in Los Angeles, it’s difficult to get excited for “Fall” weather since it’s pretty much non-existent. But the past few days, I haven’t been running the air conditioning, which translates to fall weather. So I’m excited to bust out my colored skinnies, lightweight scarves, t-shirts rather than tanks and bake me some cookies.

Unfortunately I didn’t have enough butter in my fridge to bake anything, so instead I found this recipe from The Kitchn the requires NO butter and NO flour, and they only take 10 minutes to bake. I literally whipped these bad boys up in less than 20 minutes. I am so stoked at the results. It’s a lighter, fluffier tasting peanut butter cookie. It has crunch, and  right out of the oven they’re soft, warm and yummy inside.

SUPER SIMPLE recipe for delicious NO-butter and Gluten Free peanut butter cookies:

Preheat oven to 375.

Ingredients:
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
additional sugar for rolling

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients. With a tablespoon, scoop and roll dough into balls (it will be sticky) and roll balls in the additional sugar. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet approximately 2″ apart and flatten slightly with a fork in a crisscross pattern. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool for about 2 minutes before removing from baking sheet.

Enjoy!! XOXO Kiira

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Custom designed Holiday & Christmas Cards

It’s that time of year again…Christmas! I know, it’s not even Halloween yet. But there are those of you out there who have already begun pinning clever DIY Christmas decor, cinnamon and spice recipes, and innovative new ways to giftwrap… If you like to get your Christmas on early, (or maybe you’re just a little OCD like myself), I’m kicking off my Christmas and Holiday greeting card season today!

If you’d like a custom greeting card designed, printed and shipped to you this year, email me at eyeheartprettythings@gmail.com. Even if you’re on a tight budget and would like to print them yourself, I’ve got something for you as well :)

Cheers and Happy (early) Holidays!

Xox
Kiira

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